The 2014 NFL Draft came to an end only five days ago, and already the Chicago Bears have inked deals with all eight of their draft picks. The Bears have a history of coming to terms with their draftees before rookie minicamps take place, and general manager Phil Emery was determined to keep the tradition going.
Two days after the draft, Chicago first signed safety Brock Vereen and quarterback David Fales, who were drafted in the fourth and sixth rounds respectively, to four-year contracts. The next day, defensive tackle Ego Ferguson (second round), running back Ka’Deem Carey (fourth round), punter Pat O’Donnell (sixth round) and offensive tackle Charles Leno Jr. (seventh round) all agreed to four-year deals.
On Wednesday, cornerback Kyle Fuller, the Bears’ first-round pick (No. 14 overall) became the league’s first first-rounder to ink a deal. Just like his fellow rookies, Fuller signed a four-year deal, only he has a fifth-year option. And today, Chicago put the finishing touches on securing their 2014 draft class by agreeing to terms with second-round defensive tackle Will Sutton on a four-year deal. At this time, none of the terms of any of these contracts are available.
The other GMs throughout the league can take the actions of Emery and the rest of the Bears’ front office as a prime example of how to immediately handle business before it becomes a distraction. Wisely getting these deals out of the way will prevent unnecessary holdouts and give these rookies the opportunity to come into camp with a clear mind, willing and able to make a smooth transition into professional football.
Chicago needs every advantage possible to make a turnaround from the past few years, and signing their rookies this early is a step in the that direction.
Clyde A. Speller is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ClydeASpeller.